Recent Posts by Amy Fetzer

News in review – health, bees, milk, water and sugar updates

HEALTH. OBESITY has been in the news again this week. New research suggests the obesity crisis could be partly driven by women having fewer children as first born children are 29% more likely to be overweight as adults. Meanwhile, according to new data from Public Health England, up to five million people in England are…
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Germany to implement GM crop ban

GERMANY IS planning to follow Scotland’s example of opting out of the block-wide EU GM license. This will allow them to block famers from using GM organisms. The move comes after new rules allow individual member states to stop farmers using GM organisms, even if they have been approved for EU usage.   Scotland was…
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Rainy weather boosts eating out bill

POOR WEATHER has meant that many families have turned to eating out as a way to help keep the kids entertained. Figures released by the Greene King Leisure spend tracker has revealed that British households spent 11% more on eating out in July. This was paired with a 2% year-on-year increase in spend on out…
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Footprint Insight: Nothing is new but everything is different

SUSTAINABILITY IN business is constantly evolving, so how can an organisation keep its approach not only up-to-date but market leading? Amy Fetzer reports on a Bidvest steering group set up to answer just that question. How can we maintain sustainability in our DNA, keep ahead of the marketplace, and make sure stakeholders meet their client…
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Spreading the news

NUTELLA'S UNDESERVED criticism from the French environment minister suggests that brands could do more to highlight their progress on sustainable palm oil argues David Burrows. It's not often that the likes of Greenpeace will jump to defence of a multinational food company, but it made an exception for Ferrero. The confectionery firm’s Nutella spread was thrust…
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Behind the news headlines: Sodexo’s carbon commitment

THE GROUP'S plan to slash emissions by 1.7m tonnes is a huge commitment but one that should bring rich rewards. David Burrows investigates.   Sodexo has announced plans to cut carbon emissions 34% by 2020. Published on World Environment Day in June, the commitment attracted a fair bit of media attention. However, much of it…
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Environmental project top of the bill at Reading Festival 2015

MANY FESTIVAL-GOERS heading to Reading Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend will leave behind their camping equipment.   Festival Republic are delighted to announce a UK festival first and ground breaking collaborative partnership with Knowledge Transfer Network, and Julie’s Bicycle to tackle this environmental issue.   After every festival volunteers take part in a…
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Corbin & King encourages mums back to kitchen

A NEW initiative by Corbin & King aims to tempt female chefs back into the kitchen after they’ve taken a career break to look after children.   Kicking off with a forum on the 10th September, female chefs with experience professional kitchens are invited to discuss the challenges in returning to work with young children.…
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Is Britain lagging behind when it comes to sustainable diets?

A growing number of countries are thinking green when it comes to their dietary guidelines, and Britain needs to follow their lead. As world leaders prepare for vitally important climate change negotiations in Paris at the end of the year, it’s good to see countries increasingly recognising the huge impact that our eating habits have for…
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